Adventures in horse racing
Friday, January 30, 2009
The connections of Mr. Fantasy have resorted to Plan C for the promising 3-year-old's second start.
Mr. Fantasy will make his next start in a first-level allowance race for New York-breds going 1 1/16 miles Sunday at Aqueduct. It will be the seventh race on the card.
Mr. Fantasy, a New York-bred son of E Dubai and a half-brother to Tin Cup Chalice, wowed observers with an effortless 10 1/2-length debut victory on Dec. 28, running six furlongs in 1:10.51 and earning a gaudy 97 Beyer Speed Figure. The plan was to keep the colt sprinting for his second start, and a first-level allowance race for New York-breds carded for last Wednesday seemed the ideal spot. But that card was canceled due to inclement weather.
As a back-up, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin entered Mr. Fantasy in Saturday's six-furlong Dancing Count Stakes at Laurel Park. But, McLaughlin really didn't want to ship the horse or run him in a stakes in his second start.
The hope was that Wednesday's canceled race would be brought back. It was, only the distance was changed to 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the $250,000 Gotham Stakes on March 7, a race McLaughlin hopes Mr. Fantasy proves worthy of entering.
"The thought process is if we're going to look at the Gotham why not go a mile and a sixteenth now against New York-breds instead of six [furlongs] and win by eight, and then you still don't know'' about distance, McLaughlin said Friday from south Florida. "If we go long Sunday, he gets the experience of running long once against a lesser group.''
The draw was unkind to Mr. Fantasy as he will break from post 10. But McLaughlin hopes the colt's speed will enable him to clear the field and gain a favorable position entering the first turn. Richard Migliore will ride Mr. Fantasy.
"He's a very talented horse and I think Richie does a good job with these kind,'' McLaughlin said. "If he does take the lead, he'll settle him down, slow him down, and hopefully coast along.''
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The sprint race was held until Wednesday, so Kiaran and Terry had a chance to speak this morning. They looked at the book and asked themselves, "Why not enter in the two-turn race on Sunday?"
The setup worked out well because we got the extra breeze into him earlier this week, and we can get a line on how he'll handle added distance rather than simply entering a race like the Gotham blindly.
Mr Fantasy drew post 10 of 10 with R.Migliore the Race being the 7th on the card
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
We also entered today for Saturday's stake race at Laurel. We will keep that as an option should the race in New York not go. Migliore would go down for that race as well. Our preference is to remain in New York.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
If we do not run tomorrow and they do not cancel, then Kiaran nominated Mr. Fantasy to an overnight stake ( The Dancing Count Stakes) at Laurel this Saturday, January 31st. We intend to enter for that race tomorrow morning as our backup plan.
Phosy came out of his breeze a little tired Dale is going to work him for another couple of weeks before looking for a race for him
Mr. Fantasy looking quite for real
By David Grening
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - As impressive as Mr. Fantasy was winning his debut last month, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin resisted the temptation of putting the young colt in a stakes race for his second start.
McLaughlin targeted a first-level allowance race restricted to New York-bred 3-year-olds and got lucky when the race filled with enough entries to be carded Wednesday as Aqueduct's feature race. McLaughlin may need his luck to hold out a little longer.
Mother Nature, more so than the six rivals entered against him, may be Mr. Fantasy's biggest obstacle Wednesday. A winter storm is forecast beginning Tuesday night that could bring two to four inches of snow to the area, putting Wednesday's card in jeopardy. Of course, the weathermen in this area have been known to get it wrong every so often.
If Wednesday's card is run, Mr. Fantasy looks every bit the 1-5 favorite Aqueduct oddsmaker Eric Donovan has him pegged at. In his debut on Dec. 28, Mr. Fantasy broke a step slowly, but then raced to a front-running 10 1/2-length victory. He ran six furlongs in 1:10.51 and earned a 97 Beyer Speed Figure.
"We liked him, and he's very talented and athletic, but any time a horse wins that impressive when you think they might need a run first time out, it was kind of a 'wow!' race," McLaughlin said. "You don't get that many 'wow!' races a year."
Mr. Fantasy is a half-brother to Tin Cup Chalice, who won the Big Apple Triple as well as the Indiana Derby in 2008. McLaughlin is hoping to run Mr. Fantasy in the Gotham on March 7, and felt an allowance race was the best way to get him there.
"He just broke his maiden against New York-breds. Even though he was impressive and did it the right way, the race is there," McLaughlin said. "We want to run back in an allowance race and not jump up to a graded stakes race right away. We can stretch him out from there next time."
Alan Garcia is expected to give up a day of racing at Gulfstream Park to ride Mr. Fantasy. Garcia flew here on Jan. 19 to ride Taqarub to victory in the Jimmy Winkfield for McLaughlin.
Legal Consent, who won the New York Breeders Futurity at Finger Lakes, is a possible threat to Mr. Fantasy. But Legal Consent would need a horse such as That's Rich to put some early pressure on Mr. Fantasy to set up his late run.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
For Mr. Fantasy we are hoping to race him again on Jan. 25, 2009 at Aqueduct.
For Phosy-he is healing well and Dale has him galloping; so to begin breezing once again. Hopefully he is back racing towards the end of January.
- Father E Dubai out of Mr. Prospector
- Grandfather is Spectacular Bid
- Half brother is Tin Cup Chalice-mother Twice Forbidden
- Lifetime earnings- $24, 600.00
- Won maiden race by 10.5 lenght
Following his "eye catching win"( John White http://www.xpressbet.com/), Mr. Fantasy attracted allot of print time and airtime in various Horse Racing publications( Daily Racing Form http://www.drf.com/ , "At the Races with Steve Bik, Sirius Channel 126, ESPN Horse Racing "Count Down to the Crown". Read Jermey Plonk's comment at http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=3822516Trainer Kiaran Mclaughlin: Kiaran McLaughlin may be a world traveler but he was raised in the heart of horse country. A native of Lexington, he attended the University of Kentucky for a year before replacing the classroom for the shedrow. http://www.kiaranmclaughlinracing.com/trainers/mcl/
There is our boy- Phosy at Churchill Downs where he won his maiden race! Yes we won at Churchill Downs; it was so exciting to see him win especially here.
Here are some fun facts about Phosy:
- Born March 15, 2006
- Great Grandfather's-Seattle Slew & Mr. Prospector
- Won his maiden on July 5, 2008
- Sanford GII-Saratoga: 4th
- Allowance Race-Churchill Downs Nov. 1, 2008: 2nd
- Allowance Race-Churchill Downs- Injured
- Currently stapled in Florida
- Lifetime Earnings- $34, 870.00
Trainer Dale Roman: A licensed trainer since age 18, Dale Romans saddled his first winner on February 15, 1987, at Turfway Park. The son of renowned trainer Jerry Romans, a leading trainer at Turfway and twice leader at Ellis Park, Dale began working in his father's stable from literally the time he could walk. hhttp://www.daleromansracing.com/
Friday, January 2, 2009
We would like to share with all of you our racing adventures. So come along with us as we follow Phosphorescent & Mr. Fantasy on the road to the Kentucky Derby and beyond!
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